Antonio S. Lopez of Palm Beach County, Florida was killed in a wrong-way collision with Sanuse Cetoue on Saturday, news sources report. Lopez, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene. Cetoue was not injured. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. Cetoue has not been criminally charged.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 3:00 Saturday morning on North Federal Highway in Boynton Beach. Federal Highway runs throughout several South Florida counties and has three lanes going either direction, separated in areas by concrete and grassy medians. Reports say Lopez was traveling northbound in his 2012 Taiz motor scooter in the left southbound lane of North Federal Highway when the crash occurred; the press did not specify why Lopez was going the wrong way.
Cetoue was traveling the proper direction in the let southbound lane in his 1997 Toyota 4-Runner. Cetoue failed to see Lopez in time and collided with his scooter, sources indicate. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Cetoue remained at the scene and cooperated with police, reports say. So far, police have reportedly said Cetoue would not be charged with a crime. It is unclear whether negligence or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Wrong-way crashes, while rare, account for 360 deaths throughout the United States annually; they can be caused by anything from human error to alcohol consumption. This appears to be the second time, at least, that it has occurred in Palm Beach County this year. Last month, Shawn A. Harris was injured after Josh R. Gouette entered the opposing lanes of Okeechobee Boulevard and collided with him head-on, sources report. Harris 36, sustained minor injuries, while Gouette sustained critical injuries and was taken to an area hospital. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors led to the wrong-way crash. So far, there have been no charges.